Oklahoma lawmakers file constitutional measure for monument

Oklahoma lawmakers file constitutional measure for monument

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma lawmakers has filed a constitutional amendment to remove language from the state constitution that the Supreme Court says prohibits a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Republican Rep. John Paul Jordan of Yukon is principal author of the resolution that calls for a statewide vote of the people to remove Article 2, Section 5 of the state constitution. The provision prohibits public money or property from being used for religious purposes. More than a dozen other lawmakers have signed on as co-authors.

Jordan says the court's strict interpretation of the language could have far-reaching implications, including removal of American Indian artwork in the Capitol and State Supreme Court buildings because they are religious in nature.

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House Joint Resolution 1036: http://bit.ly/1H5fyFL

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